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Robert Velarde

Robert Velarde is author of “Conversations with C.S. Lewis” (InterVarsity Press), “The Heart of Narnia” (NavPress), and “Inside The Screwtape Letters” (Baker Books). He studied philosophy of religion and apologetics at Denver Seminary and is pursuing graduate studies in philosophy at Southern Evangelical Seminary.

Bible study

What Is the Church?

The visible and local church is, of course, the physical churches that we see around us and around the world, as well as the members of those churches. The invisible and universal church, however, refers to all believers everywhere.

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How to Study the Bible

Learning how to study the Bible may seem like a daunting task. But God intends for us to study His Word, no matter where we are in our Christian walk and growth.

What Can Christians Do for the Persecuted Church?

Prayer and the Difference It Makes

Throughout the Bible, believers are called to pray. But what is prayer? What does it mean to “pray without ceasing?” And does prayer really make a difference?

Defend the Faith Like C.S. Lewis, Part 1

In part one of his two-part article, Robert Velarde describes four broad principles or laws of logic. He also explains what the Bible teaches us about logic and how C.S. Lewis used reasonable, logical arguments to defend the faith.

Defend the Faith Like C.S. Lewis, Part 2

C.S. Lewis used several lines of reasoning to make the case for the Christian worldview. In the second part of his two-part article, Robert Velarde highlights two of Lewis’ key arguments, and explains the value of logic in defending the faith.

What About Hypocrites in the Church?

Unfortunately, one obstacle to the acceptance of Christianity that is often raised is provided by Christians themselves. Phrased in many ways, the core of the objection is, “If Christianity is true, why are there hypocrites in the church?”

Necessity of Family Bible Time

In today’s technological, fast-paced culture, it’s hard to find spare time. But when it comes to spending time with your family studying the Bible, finding time is absolutely necessary.

How Do I Respond to Bible Critics?

Contemporary critics sometimes claim that since the Bible contains so many miracles, it just can’t be true. Either these are just made up stories, they argue, or simple people were just tricked.

Is the Bible Reliable?

If, for instance, the Bible is full of historical and factual errors or blatantly contradicts itself, it’s hard to trust it or view it as reliable.

Why Study God?

If the truth will set us free, then it seems quite reasonable to want to determine what truth, specifically, will set us free.

How Did We Get the Bible?

Some people think the Bible was all written down about the same time, copied and distributed. But the Bible is not “instant” Scripture and it wasn’t all written down around the same time.

How Do I Interpret the Bible?

Unlike some postmodern approaches to written texts that claim there really is no objective meaning to writing throughout the centuries, Christians have interpreted the Bible and continuously drawn out Christianity’s essential foundations.

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How to Study the Bible In-Depth

Hermeneutics. Eisogesis. Exegesis Those may sound intimidating, but they’re part of anyone’s toolbox for doing an in-depth study of the Bible for a greater knowledge of God’s Word.

What Must I Do to be Saved?

What Must I Do to Be Saved?

Strict adherence to a list of do’s and don’ts is not what Christian salvation is about. Romans 3:20 reads, “no one will be declared righteous in his [God’s] sight by observing the law.”

Who do you say I am?

Without Christology, there is no Christianity. Jesus is at the center of the Christian faith. Knowing about Christ is essential, as well as personal.

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Why Study the Bible?

There are plenty of reasons to study the Bible. Here is a list of eight of the main reasons why reading and studying the Bible is not wasted time.

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Don’t All Good People Go to Heaven?

Those who argue that all good people go to heaven then make the case that a loving God would not turn away good and sincere individuals. Instead, they reason, it’s obvious that He would allow them into heaven.

How Can God Allow So Much Evil and Suffering?

How could a good God allow so much evil? Why doesn’t He do something about it? Couldn’t God have created a world without evil?

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Is Christ the Only Way?

If truth is relative, then no religion or idea can claim exclusivity because something could be true for one person, but not for another.

Is Hell Real?

Doesn’t eternal hell seem like cosmic overkill? Couldn’t God reform bad people or just annihilate them? After all, why punish people forever for one limited lifetime of behavior? And wouldn’t annihilation be preferable to eternal suffering?


What About Those Who Have Never Heard?

This is not to say it’s not a legitimate question (it is), but the motivation is not always a sincere desire to get an answer.

How Do I Handle Bible Difficulties?

Theologically liberal approaches to the Bible often simply accept contradictions as part of a flawed record. But if the Bible is God’s Word, and if God is all knowing and all powerful, it stands to reason we should be able to trust the Bible.

Devotional Bible Study Is Not an Option

Every Christian needs to get to know God better and to serve Him more faithfully. Devotional Bible studies are a great way for you and your family to do so.


Learning From the Prayer Life of Jesus

Isn’t it interesting that out of all the disciples only one of them asked Jesus to teach them to pray? It sometimes seems the church is in a similar situation today regarding prayer. We talk about prayer, we study prayer, we say our prayers, but how many of us actually seek earnestly for God to teach us to pray?

The Availability of Prayer

As a result of the reality of God’s omnipresence, we are assured that no matter where we are, God will hear our prayers—even from the belly of a fish.

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First Steps in the Christian Life

As a new Christian you may find yourself somewhat confused as to what your next steps should be.

Prayer Has Its Reasons

One key reason to pray is because God has commanded us to pray. If we are to be obedient to His will, then prayer must be part of our life in Him.

What Christ Did for Us

While there are several Christian approaches to the finer details of exactly how the Atonement restores our broken relationship with God, all agree that the Atonement involves God providing us with an opportunity to restore our broken relationship with Him through Christ.

Probing the Problems of Prayer

Most of us have encountered problems in our prayer lives to one degree or another. Maybe God did not answer our prayer [1]. Or we encountered a moral dilemma such as should we pray for or against enemies? Perhaps we wonder whether or not prayer is worth bothering about. After all, if everything is already going to happen according to God’s will, then our prayers cannot possible change His mind, right?

Restoring Our Relationship With God

Before we can begin to restore our relationship with God, we need to understand that this relationship is broken to begin with and why that is the case.

Looking for the ‘Right’ Church?

What church should you attend? Sometimes Christians spend a lot of time trying to find just the “right” church. Unfortunately, this method is rarely successful.

How Do We Know the Bible is True?

How Can I Be Saved?

The wonder of God’s plan is that He has reached out to us in love, offering everyone an opportunity to personally respond through Christ. He offers His unmerited favor, or grace, if we will only accept it.

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Attuning to God’s Presence and Calling

Here are ways we can become better attuned to God’s presence and calling in our lives.

True Tolerance: Faithfully Serving the God of Truth

Christians are told their beliefs are matters of faith and, therefore, tolerance must override faith.